Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

These gluten free sugar cookies are inspired by those classic cut out Christmas cookies you always see during the month of December. Topped with silky vanilla frosting they make the perfect holiday gift for neighbors, friends or on the dinner table with family. I’ve been making them and using any of those excuses mentioned above when in reality I’m eating more than 50% of these.

Let’s Talk Flour

If you are not gluten free you can absolutely substitute normal all purpose flour for the gluten free flour. For this recipe I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour. I have also used an all purpose gluten free flour from Trader Joe’s that worked well. I haven’t tested out other flours with baking cookies because I am allergic to a few of them but it would be interesting to learn if these would be as buttery and soft with something like almond flour.


Get Creative with Your Frosting, Or Not

I’ve recipe tested these a couple times this month and the first time I spent about four hours frosting. There were different colors of frosting and various sizes of utensils for painting. Needless to say these sugar cookies were pretty amazing.

The second time I tested this recipe I opted for plain white frosting and the cookies were still equally delicious. Corn syrup is definitely the secret ingredient (aka crack) of the culinary world that is just as magical as it is evil. It makes the frosting go on like a mirror glaze and when it hardens it completely glosses over.

What I’m trying to say is if you want to get creative with your sugar cookies and frosting, go for it! You can use ziplock bags and toothpicks or fancy baking tools to make the tiniest, most colorful and beautiful designs. Or you can spoon plain white frosting over your round cookies and still impress with flavor.

Before We Get Started…

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This recipe does not contain the following allergens:

Wheat Free Tree Nut Free Soy Free 

Shellfish Free  Fish Free Peanut Free

Let’s Get Cooking!

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment or contact me and let me know what you think!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: Makes about 40 sugar cookies
  • Difficulty: medium
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This GF version on the classic cut out sugar cookie will have you going back for seconds and thirds!


For the Sugar Cookies

-3 cups gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour

-1 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp baking powder

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-2 eggs

-1 cup butter

-1 cup sugar

-3/4 tsp vanilla

For the Frosting

-2 tbsp milk

-1 tbsp corn syrup

-2 cups confectioners sugar

-food coloring optional


In a large mixing bowl combine the softened butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. In a smaller bowl, combine 2 3/4 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift together and slowly combine with the butter mixture. Cover the sugar cookie batter with plastic wrap and chill for 3 hours.

Heat oven to 400 degrees and roll out cookie dough to about 1/2 inch thickness using remaining 1/4 cup flour for flouring your rolling surface. Cut into desired shapes and bake for 3-6 minutes, depending on thickness, or until browned lightly on the bottoms.

While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting by combining the milk and sugar in a small bowl and whisking. When the mixture is consistent, add in the corn syrup and whisk again.

When cookies are completely cooled, frost and let sit for at least 30 minutes.



Author: Salima's Kitchen

Salima Benkhalti is a personal chef in Portland, Oregon. Contact with inquiries about private events, meal plans or taking cooking classes at !

One thought

  1. These look fun and tasty, but I have a recommendation: Your picture will look better with more color and less white. I would put in some red and green to fit with the Christmas theme. The next time you make these cookies, lay them down on a red/green surface, or make some red/green-colored frosting.

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